“I show people how to make running a business feel like a total guilty pleasure.”
“I read stacks of trashy magazines, binge-watch HBO shows, write scintillating blog posts inspired by pop culture hilarity + create digital guides that feel like red velvet cupcakes … because the more FUN I pour into my work, the more cash + attention I get back.”
I’m Melissa Cassera — and as you’ve probably guessed, teaching entrepreneurs how to grow their business (while having serious fun) is kinda my sweet spot. 😉
People come to me when they’re feeling exhausted by marketing gimmicks that don’t feel sane, human, or even ethical. Together, we create new strategies that feel natural and pleasurable. Strategies that lead to buzz, excitement, and successful launches—tons of sales and happy customers, not “crickets.”
I have a 15+ year background in publicity, advertising, and marketing. I’ve worked with huge brands, small brands, and everything in between. I have a unique perspective on what it takes to pique an audience’s attention and build excitement and obsession for your products and services.
I have been self-employed – successfully running my own business – for 11 years. I’m not a newbie business mentor who just popped up yesterday. I’ve been around the block, many times. 😉
When I’m not teaching classes—or posting pics of my Shih Tzu Lily on Instagram—I also work as a screenwriter. The movie I wrote GIRL FOLLOWED currently airs on Lifetime (check your local listings for the next show time!) I also have a TV show in development and am constantly bopping in-and-out of pitch meetings here in LA.
That’s the scoop on my professional life.
… or just looking for something to read to kill time in-between Netflix binges? Here are 10 more facts about me…
1. I am a living “Swedish Meatball”: 50% Swedish and 50% Italian.
2. My tips on publicity and sales have been featured on the Today Show, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News as well as magazines and media sites like Glamour, Redbook, AMEX Open and Forbes.
3. Right after college, I earned extra cash by working as an actress and model. My most legendary gig of all time: cover girl for Advance Nurse Practitioners magazine, starring as: “Uterine Fibroids Patient.” Oh, the glamour!
4. I once lived in a 27-foot Airstream trailer with my husband and multiple dogs. Over 2 years, we visited 46 states, slept in vineyards, meadows, and valleys, and had the best time ever. Except for when our toilet broke. Which happened… a lot. I will spare you the details.
5. I didn’t learn to ride a bike until the age of 30.
6. I go through virtuous spurts of trying to live without coffee… but every fall, when the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte returns, I’m done for.
7. I get serious goosebumps when I watch movie trailers. I’ll watch good trailers over and over again, even when the movie has been out for a few years (hello… have you seen the trailer for Girl on the Train? Don’t judge).
8. I can plow through most books in one sitting. Current faves: Baby Doll by Hollie Overton, Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling, and for erotica lovers, Priest by Sierra Simone.
9. I didn’t start writing screenplays—not seriously, anyway—until I was in my mid-30s. I’ve even been dubbed “too risqué for television.” I’ve never felt prouder in my life!
10. I am living proof that it’s never too late to make your dreams real, whether you want to act, dance, write, rock out in a band, or build an obsessed audience for your products and services and totally rule your industry. Work hard. Play hard. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Just focus on honing your craft and be the best you can be. As a wise screenwriting mentor once told me, “Good work always gets found.”
Want to work with me?